Barça clarifies the withdrawal of a Spanish flag with the Atlético shield

FC Barcelona explained this Monday what happened with an Atlético de Madrid fan who, during the match between Barça and Atlético at the Spotify Camp Nou (1-0) in LaLiga Santander, hung a Spanish flag with the ‘colchonero’ shield covering a billboard of the blaugrana fiefdom, a fact that caused a blaugrana fan to remove it , in bad ways.

Faced with this situation, a private security intervention group was activated that went to the site to tell fans what the club’s internal regulations were, which does not allow hanging flags or other elements that cover the Stadium’s advertising and that, therefore, it was necessary to withdraw. Before the private security service arrived at the scene, a local fan came down from a higher location and removed this flag, leaving it next to the aforementioned Atlético de Madrid fan,” the club provided.

The FC Barcelona version is that the intervention group spoke with the Atlético fan and explained the regulations and asked him if he had had problems with any local fans. “This follower (the Atlético fan), who had symptoms compatible with being under the influence of alcohol, stated that he had none, but that some local fans in the area had rebuked him previously”, argued the entity ‘culer’.

The fan told the security guards that he preferred to watch the game from another position, in a superior zone of the same mouth; he got up to relocate himself with his companion. Private security accompanied him, and in no case did they forcibly relocate him or expel him, facts completely contrary to a certain story that was established in some media and social networks, accompanied by images”, the statement continues.

The person in charge of integrity and security of LaLiga received precise information about the event, when he called the person in charge of security of FC Barcelona to find out about the situation experienced in the second tier. Additionally, the Atlético de Madrid fan, accompanied by a woman -both Poles-, voluntarily went to the Gol Nord slogan to leave his mattress team shirt and the flag he was wearing and returned with another piece of clothing to its original place, from where he ended up watching the game.

FC Barcelona reminds all fans that it is not allowed to cover the stadium’s advertising spaces with any sports symbology, even if it is from the club itself, so it will intervene when a situation contrary to the norm occurs”, concluded the club statement.

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